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Skilled Visa UPDATE – including 482 vsa: Australian Migration Program planning levels

Migration Program planning levels

Overview of the 482 visa

​​​​​​The 2022-23 Migration Program has been designed to boost Australia’s economic recovery and drive social cohesion outcomes in the post-pandemic environment. The 2022-23 Migration Program will have a planning level of 160,000 places with the following composition:

  • Skill (109,900 places) – this stream is designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia.
  • Family (50,000 places) – this stream is predominantly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship.
    • From 2022-23, Partner visas will be granted on a demand driven basis to facilitate family reunification. This will help reduce the Partner visa pipeline and processing times for many applicants.
    • 40,500 Partner visas are estimated for 2022-23 for planning purposes, noting this estimate is not subject to a ceiling.
    • 3000 Child visas are estimated for 2022-23 for planning purposes, noting this category is demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.
  • Special Eligibility (100 places) – this stream covers visas for those in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas.

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs can redistribute places between Skill stream visa categories on an ongoing basis to respond to changing economic conditions as they occur.

Migration Program planning levels as announced as part of the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Federal Budgets

Visa Stream Visa Category 2021-22 2022-23
Skill Employer Sponsored 22,000​ 30,000
  Skilled Independent 6,500 16,652
  Regional 11,200 25,000
  State/Territory Nominated 11,200 20,000
  Business Innovation & Investment 13,500 9,500
Global Talent (Independent) 15,000 8,448
Distinguished Talent 200 300
Skill Total 79,600 109,900
Family Partner*
(Demand driven: estimate, not subject to a ceiling)
72,300 40,500
  Parent 4,500 6,000
(Demand driven: estimate, not subject to a ceiling)
3,000 3,000
Other Family 500 500
Family Total 77,300** 50,000
Special Eligibility 100 100
Total Migration Program 160,00​0 160,000

*Planning levels for these categories are estimates only as they are demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.
**The total for the Family stream in 2021-22 does not include the Child category. For planning purposes both Child and Partner visa categories are counted towards the total Family stream in 2022-23.

Program size an​d composition

The size and composition of the Migration Program is set each year alongside the Australian Government’s Budget process.

To inform the planning levels and policy settings of the 2022-23 Migration Program, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) consulted widely with state and territory governments, representatives of academia, industry, unions and community organisations between November and December 2021.

The Department also invited public submissions as part of the 2022-23 Migration Program planning process. This process has now closed. See Australia’s 2022-23 Migration Program for additional information.

Public submissions, economic and labour force forecasts, international research, net overseas migration and economic and fiscal modelling are all taken into account when planning the program.

For further information on the 2022-23 Migration Program, please see our Frequently Asked Questions​ (213KB PDF).

State and Territory nominated visa categories – ​2022-23 nomination allocations​

​​Under the 2022-23 Migration Program settings, nomination allocations are made available to States and Territories in the following visa categories:

  • Skilled – Nominated (sub​class 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491)
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

States and Territories each assess eligible applicants against criteria unique to their jurisdiction.

Further information on State and Territory nomination requirements can be found at:

Following consultation with States and Territories, the following nomination levels have been allocated for 2022-23:

State and Territory nominated visa allocations​​​​

State Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
ACT 800 1,920 ​​10
NSW 7,160 4,870 260
NT 600 840 15
QLD 3,000 1,200 235
SA 2,700 3,180 70
TAS 2,000 1,350 10
VIC 9,000 2,400 170
WA 5,350 2,790 40
Total ​30,610 18,550 810

Possible pathway to PR: (permanent visa)

If you hold a subclass 491 visa, you would need to apply Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) in order to receive a permanent visa.

So if you or anyone you know is thinking or applying for a regional visa or has applied or has had an application refused or a visa cancelled [or appeal to the AAT] talk to us. Book an initial 30 minute consultation for a flat fixed fee for the initial 30 minutes to discuss your issue with a Master Migration Lawyer.
Call 03 9614 0218 or email to make an initial 30 minute consultation at our Melbourne office. (conditions apply)
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